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Wildfires spew massive amounts of CO2 into the air, leading to poor air quality

Wildfires spew massive amounts of CO2 into the air, leading to poor air quality

Thomas Bun, Staff Writer

November 15, 2019

California touts itself as a leader in a progressive climate change agenda that requires some of the strictest air pollution measures in his- tory. By monitoring gaseous pollutants, toxic air contaminants and greenhouse gases, steps are being taken by the California state government to reduce cl...

Gas-powered generators add to pollution

Bailey Kirkeby, Co-Editor-In-Chief

November 15, 2019

In early October, after California’s largest electricity provider, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E), cut power to over two million people, numerous citizens quickly rushed to hardware stores to purchase portable generators. Depending on its wattage and features, gasoline-powere...

PG&E cuts power to millions of residents in California

Grace Gremel, Staff Writer

November 15, 2019

Wildfires in Northern California are not uncommon, and those living in rural areas are aware of the likelihood of fires occurring at any moment. “We regularly get fires up in the Sierra Foothills,” Melissa Quinn, a survivor of the Camp Fire, said. “We have an amazing fire support system...

Junk food ads target low income blacks and Hispanics

Charumati Rogers, Staff Writer

November 15, 2019

Studies show when African American or Hispanic children turn on the TV, they are 50 percent more likely than white children to be targeted by junk food and drug advertisements. In fact, some are now examining the link between childhood obesity and teen drug addictions because of these ads. ...

Foster kids ‘grow up fast’ amid chaos and dysfunction

Deepika Sahota, Staff Writer

November 15, 2019

The student body at Bear Creek can be defined by one word: diverse. It encompasses students of varying ethnicities, interests, personalities and backgrounds. Although the school touts its level of tolerance and acceptance for all students, those who come from unconventional family backgrounds ...

Underground snack food sales flourish

Ryan Flores, Staff Writer

November 15, 2019

Most students have one thing on their minds during a long day at school: food. While some students dream about food, others capitalize on that dream by offering food for sale. These students can be seen around school carrying extra bags that resemble sports equipment carriers, while in realit...

‘Thirteen Reasons Why’ deletes graphic suicide scene

Alisa Aistrup, Feature Editor

November 15, 2019

Although Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” was celebrated for raising awareness regarding teen suicide, the show has also been criticized for its vivid portrayal of the same subject.  More than two years after the show premiered, Netflix has removed the nearly three-minute-long graphic scene from the f...

Will censoring graphic posts increase stigma of self harm?

Ethen Smith, Staff Writer

November 15, 2019

In February of this year, both Instagram and Facebook enacted a new policy that bans posts containing graphic imagery, including self-harm.  As a response to Ian Russell’s statement (see above story), this policy was implemented to ensure that those struggling with depression or other mental illnesses...

LUSD policy on ‘do-rags’ sends mixed signals to students

Ahmad Annous, Staff Writer

September 20, 2019

The “durag,” sometimes spelled “do-rag,” first worn as a headcover by female African-American laborers, has evolved to become a fashion piece after the Black Power Movement in the 1960s. Today, students wear durags as a “wave cap” — a hair holder that locks in a diplike appeara...

Critics claim liberal bias in Ethnic Studies courses

Michael Thomas, Staff Writer

September 20, 2019

The past few decades, has witnessed a rising push by state legislators for schools to develop an Ethnic Studies course. The idea began at the college level and has trickled down as far as elementary schools; some districts have even made Ethnic Studies a graduation requirement. This year, Bear C...

Trump and FDA ban flavored e-cigarettes after recent deaths

Akayla Jones, Staff Writer

September 20, 2019

Although some had hoped this generation would be the first to end cigarette use, many teens have found themselves hooked on smoking new products — vapes. Despite being prohibited on campus, some teens admit they have already developed an addiction. Reported incidents of teens and young ad...

For a ‘connected’ generation, why are so many so lonely?

Ethen Smith, Staff Writer

September 20, 2019

Today’s teens can be defined by one word: connected.  Presently, social media is becoming an increasingly integral part of life, and it’s easy to argue that Generation Z is the most connected generation to date. In an age where opinions, greetings, pictures, songs and statuses can be shared with a fe...

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